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Dem Rep. Slams GOP Colleague as 'Traitor' After He Admits Sending January 6 Text Message

Dem Rep. Slams GOP Colleague as 'Traitor' After He Admits Sending January 6 Text Message
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Pro-Trump Congressman Jim Jordan (OH-04) has been in and out of the spotlight this year since the January 6th insurrection — for mostly all the wrong reasons — and a recent text message that has come to light isn't helping matters.

The text, sent to Jordan by conservative lawyer and former Trump foreign policy advisor Joseph Schmitt, detailed a supposed way by which then-Vice President Mike Pence could attempt to prevent the certification of the election and overturn President Joe Biden's win.

Jordan then forwarded Schmitt's text to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on January 5th, the day before Congress was to meet to certify the results.

While the sender of the text, which was collected by the January 6 commission as part of the trove that Meadows handed over, was originally unidentified, Jordan has since admitted to sending the text to Meadows.

Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) did not hold back in his reaction to this latest revelation.

Gallego told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell:

"Look, Jim Jordan is a traitor. He’s a traitor to the Constitution of the United States. He has been a traitor to the Constitution of the United States for quite a while, and now we actually have it in text"

Jordan was apparently not Gallego's biggest concern, though.

"My biggest issue is the fact that there’s a lot of people out there that are not taking this seriously. The fact that there is a slow-moving coup that is happening right now all over this country that are led by the Jim Jordans and other people."

You can view Gallego's chat with O'Donnell below:

Twitter users largely seemed to agree with Rep. Gallego.

Some called for concrete accountability for those responsible for the riots.

The text message in question was shared with the committee investigating the January 6th insurrection earlier in the week, but without disclosing who sent the text—simply that it was sent by an unnamed lawmaker.

Jordan's office confirmed that he was, indeed, the sender on Wednesday and included more details about the text message itself.

It included a theory that Vice President Pence could halt the certification of the Electoral College count in order to prevent Biden's win.

Which is, like so much else that comes out of Jordan's mouth, false.